As many of you already know many cities around the country have become home to the “Occupy” movement. It all started with the “Day of Rage” on Wall St. on Sept. 17th which mostly fizzled. Behind the movement were and still are Steven Lerner of the SEIU, Michael Moore of MoveOn.org, Van Jones of Center for American Progress and possibly the White House it self (White House involvement is not proven at this time).
Since Sept. 17th the “Occupy” groups have been springing up in cities all around the country. The most well known and notorious group is the “Occupy Wall Street” group in New York City. I’m sure you have heard of civil disobedience and arrests there. The people within the groups would like to think that they are springing up spontaneously over dissatisfaction with the economy but they are all being driven by the organizations and people I mentioned previously.
The themes are varied. Some wish to abolish the Fed, some simply want to end “corporate greed”, others want to take money out of politics, some are anarchists, some are socialists, some are, communists. They have no consistent message. Here is the one list of demands that they have published so far: http://occupywallst.org/forum/proposed-list-of-demands-for-occupy-w.... As you can see from this list they haven’t thought a lot of things through.
I’m not advocating that we ridicule, confront or denigrate these people at all. What I do advocate is that we try to educate them about why we are in such economically dire straits. We need to tell them that it is our government and the Federal Reserve which are causing the problems. Wall Street may be greedy but many Wall Street CEOs actually tried to give bailout money back to the government but Obama wouldn’t let them. Here’s the story on that:
What we should all be afraid of is that these “Occupy” groups will be co-opted by the organizations and people I mentioned earlier to perform mass acts of civil disobedience and violence which would result in widespread chaos leading to martial law.
We need calm, reasonable, and logical thinkers to go to Facebook and search “Occupy (largest metropolitan area near your town)” and we need you to be friendly, curious, reasonable and to warn folks about aligning themselves with the organizations which have been encouraging these groups to form and to avoid acts of civil disobediaece, violence or chaos. We also need to educate them, as I said earlier, about why we have high unemployment and a bad economy. It is important that we don’t get into arguments which would turn them away from our message. Remember these are mostly confused and fearful young people. Some may call you a troll or worse. If that happens simply point out that by calling you a name they are being divisive instead of being inclusive. They understand that kind of talk.http://hotair.com/archives/2009/04/03/obama-threatens-bankers-im-the-only-thing-standing-between-you-and-the-pitchforks/..
Protestors tried to invade the National Air and Space Museum today. They didn't like the drone display at the Smithsonian. A guard was attacked and another guard pepper sprayed several protestors. D.C. police and U.S. Park Police were called in. See The Blaze stories about college profs encouraging violence (Fox- Piven) as part of their demonstrations. TheTransportation Workers Union and the United Federation of Teachers have joined in, in NYC.
The King County labor unions in Seattle have also joined that protest.
I find it interesting that even Mayor Bloomberg is speaking out against the protestors and Zuccotti Park, where they are camping, has turned into a cesspool. I wonder if K.C. will eventually look like that?
In a way this IS all of Obamas fault. He campaigned on hope and change which was never defined, except by those of us who saw this coming therefore, it isn't any wonder that the protestors have such a divergent set of views and/or demands.